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Rise in tumble dryer fires prompts call to action by firefighters

RESIDENTS are being asked to check household appliances for recalled items following a rise in fires involving tumble dryers in Greater Manchester. 

Since January this year, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) has attended 43 fires involving tumble dryers in Greater Manchester – an increase of nine (26 per cent) from the same period in 2015. Not all of these involved recalled items, however, at least eight incidents since the start of 2016 have done so. 

A number of appliances have appeared on recalled lists in recent months, including items from Hotpoint, Indesit, Creda, Swan and Proline tumble dryers.  

Most recently, firefighters attended a fire involving a recalledIndesit tumble dryer in Wythenshawe and are urging residents to stay safe at home by checking their appliances. 

Watch Manager Tony Harrison, from Wythenshawe Community Fire Station, was in charge of the incident. He said: “The tumble dryer involved in the fire was plugged in to the mains but not switched on when it set alight.  

“Luckily the occupier was out of the house at the time and on his return he noticed a glow inside the outbuilding and dialled 999. If this fire had broken out in a house with no working smoke alarm this would have been a completely different situation.” 

GMFRS wants to highlight this incident as a reminder to the people of Greater Manchester about risks connected with tumble dryers and keep them safe at home. 

Chairman of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Cllr David Acton, said: “Tumble dryers have been around for a long time and used safely they can be a useful addition to your household. However, if fluff is allowed to accumulate in the filter, near blocked vents, and at the rear of your dryer you increase the risk of this fluff catching fire from the heat created by the dryer. 

“Following the recent spike in tumble dryer fires in Greater Manchester we want to urge people to check their appliances against the Electrical Safety Council’s recalled products list and follow our safety advice, which includes removing lint regularly, not covering the vent and vacuuming areas around the dryer to prevent build-up of fluff. 

“In the event of a fire breaking out at your home, smoke alarms can buy valuable time, and we advise that every household has at least one working alarm. Book a free Safe and Well visit now by calling 0800 555 815 or visiting www.manchesterfire.gov.uk.” 

Please visit Electrical Safety First’s website for information about recalled products: http://www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk/product-recalls/2016/03/hotpoint,-indesit,-creda,-swan-and-proline-tumble-dryers/, as well as checking out the Electrical Safety Council’s product recall tool: http://www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk/product-recalls/ 

You can also find lots of safety information on GMFRS’ website here: http://manchesterfire.gov.uk/fire_safety_advice/fire_safety_advice/electrical_equipment/ 

ENDS 

Notes to editors:

Details of incident referred to: On Monday, October 31, 2016 shortly after 5.30pm two fire engines from Wythenshawe went to a fire involving a tumble dryer in an outbuilding of a house in Marylon Drive, Wythenshawe. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used a hose reel to tackle the blaze.

Last update: 23/11/2016 10:58:55
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